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Triangular 3D contour plotΒΆ

Contour plots of unstructured triangular grids.

The data used is the same as in the second plot of trisurf3d_demo2. tricontourf3d_demo shows the filled version of this example.

# This import registers the 3D projection, but is otherwise unused.
from mpl_toolkits.mplot3d import Axes3D  # noqa: F401 unused import

import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
import matplotlib.tri as tri
import numpy as np

n_angles = 48
n_radii = 8
min_radius = 0.25

# Create the mesh in polar coordinates and compute x, y, z.
radii = np.linspace(min_radius, 0.95, n_radii)
angles = np.linspace(0, 2*np.pi, n_angles, endpoint=False)
angles = np.repeat(angles[..., np.newaxis], n_radii, axis=1)
angles[:, 1::2] += np.pi/n_angles

x = (radii*np.cos(angles)).flatten()
y = (radii*np.sin(angles)).flatten()
z = (np.cos(radii)*np.cos(3*angles)).flatten()

# Create a custom triangulation.
triang = tri.Triangulation(x, y)

# Mask off unwanted triangles.
                < min_radius)

fig = plt.figure()
ax = fig.gca(projection='3d')
ax.tricontour(triang, z,

# Customize the view angle so it's easier to understand the plot.

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